Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 112
Weight: 177 g
Dimensions: 226 x 155 x 9 mm
Berrin Beasely and Mitch Haney's edited book, Social Media and the Value of Truth, involves existential reflection for the 21st century. This collection of essays opens our minds and bodies to think about the nature of truth, experience, the self, and the other in a fast-paced, unreflective, instantaneous, and inescapably deceptive environment of the socially mediated virtual metaverse in which we make our home. This edited volume is a must read for students and scholars interested in understanding our environment philosophically; it aims at cultivating phronesis and praxis for living in a complex world driven by social media and where we find ourselves embedded with others. -- Annette M. Holba, Plymouth State University
Whereas Socrates and Aristotle desired firsthand peripatetic conversations with the Athenian hoi polloi, members of the contemporary world seemingly prefer to wander the virtual meta-verse as a clandestine avatar unbound by moral or social norms. In Social Media and the Value of Truth, Beasley and Haney have gathered together an outstandingly erudite collection of essays by some of the most cerebral scholars among us. Whether it's resistance to shedding our mortally bound coils, a celebration or denunciation of frictionless sharing, or inconspicuous consumption among members of the virtual village, contributing authors have tackled the most captivating questions of our socially mediated time. Ethicists, journalists, sociologists, psychologists, Tweeters, Pinteresters, Tumblrers, Facebook users, Google+ enthusiasts, and even those harboring disdain for all things associated with social media undoubtedly will find the content of this anthology accessible and full of provocative nuggets worthy of serious and extended reflection. -- Joseph W. Ulatowski, University of Wyoming
This collection of essays addresses questions raised by social media related to issues such as self-definition and trust. Kathy Richardson argues that a blurring of front-stage and back-stage personas challenges the ability to discern appropriate behavior and information to be shared or kept private. Deni Elliott believes the "real name requirement" raises questions about responsible information distribution and confidentiality. Paul Bloomfield explores "authentic living" via participation in multiplayer online games, and concerns about subjugation of real life to the life of one's avatar. Mitchell Haney argues that the speed of social media threatens the ability of persons to engage in life reflection and deliberation about their choices. Vance Ricks argues that social media gossip contributes to information overload and "context collapse," preventing seeing information in an appropriate light or for a certain audience. Lee Wilkins discusses "liquid journalism," noting that social media users and journalists bring "emotion" back to the news. Finally, Jane Kirtley discusses "trust" issues and questions concerning the monitoring of blogs and other forms of social media. This book raises significant questions about a phenomenon--social media--that now is central to people's lives and culture. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. * CHOICE *
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